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13 Strange Celebrity Diets

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Kelly Bryant is a writer whose work has appeared in such magazines as "Teen," "Glamour" and "Fit Pregnancy" and online outlets like AOL, and She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.

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13 Strange Celebrity Diets
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Celebrities seem to have access to the latest of everything -- fashion, technology, trendy workouts and some truly bizarre-sounding diets. From Reese Witherspoon’s reported baby food diet, which includes approximately 14 jars of the mushy stuff a day, to Hugh Jackman’s 5,000 calories a day to be consumed in an 8-hour window, stars are willing to try the most obscure regimens to be camera-ready at a moment’s notice. Learn about the menus some stars have adopted to shed weight and/or gain muscle. Have you had an experience with unusual dieting techniques? Share it with us by leaving a comment below.

1. The Master Cleanse Diet
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1 The Master Cleanse Diet

Made famous by Beyonce, the diet is based on the book “The Master Cleanser” by Stanley Burroughs and is also known as the lemonade diet. The pros are that it’s fast and simple -- just drink an elixir consisting of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper -- but simple does not mean easy. It’s not a long-term, sustainable diet, so the likelihood of gaining the weight back (and more) is pretty high.

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2. The Demigod Diet
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2 The Demigod Diet

We’d expect the effort level to be pretty high to get into tip-top shape to play the Hollywood role of Hercules -- but 5,165 calories, seven meals and 10 pounds of food a day seems quite excessive. According to Daily Mail, this and a strict workout regimen for about two-and-a-half hours a day is what it took Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to get into fighting shape.

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3. The Baby Food Diet
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3 The Baby Food Diet

According to Shape magazine, stars like actress Reese Witherspoon have taken to the Baby Food Diet to lose unwanted pounds. While Reese has yet to confess to this meal plan, which advises followers to supplement breakfast and lunch with approximately 14 jars of baby food, the strange nature of the diet has been getting a lot of media attention. The diet was reportedly promoted by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson’s Hollywood fitness studio. Jennifer Aniston has also been cited as a celeb who gave the plan a try.

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4. The 16-8 Diet
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4 The 16-8 Diet

According to Starpulse, in order to get lean and build muscle to play Wolverine, Hugh Jackman had to adopt a rigorous workout and diet plan that involved consuming 5,000 calories a day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jackman told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m quite a skinny person by nature, so I’m eating ridiculous amounts of food. What I do is I eat everything in an eight-hour period. It’s called the 16-8 diet. For 16 hours of the day I fast, so I don’t eat. So between 10 in the morning and 6 at night -- this is why I’m burping, because I ate a steak literally before I came out -- I eat 5,000

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5. The Cookie Diet
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5 The Cookie Diet

Before she became a mom, “Jersey Shore” reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi turned to Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet to lose weight. “I eat six cookies a day, and then I have, like, chicken for dinner, or fish -- something healthy,” Snooki told “Access Hollywood.” The cookies involved in the plan come in a variety of flavors like chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, classic blueberry, banana and coconut. The diet, which has been around since the 1970s, has also added Plan 10x cookies, which are all-natural, kosher and vegetarian.

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6. The Five Hands Diet
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6 The Five Hands Diet

After giving birth to daughter Harper Seven, former Spice Girl and fashion mogul Victoria Beckham reportedly put herself on the Five Hands Diet to get back to her pre-baby weight, according to Grazia magazine. The plan requires you to eat only five palm-size portions of high-protein items like scrambled eggs, goji berries, nuts and smoked salmon while drinking a lot of water and snacking on green vegetables.

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7. Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
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7 Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

Actress Megan Fox, best known for her role in “Transformers,” came under fire for promoting the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, which calls for folks to take shots of the stuff to cleanse their systems and rid the body of water weight, according to “I’m not one for dieting or exercising because I’m lazy and I have a really big sweet tooth, so I have to do cleanses every once in a while because of the amount of sugar I take in,” she told The Herald-Sun.

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8. The Fruitarian Diet
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8 The Fruitarian Diet

Fruitarianism, as the name suggests, is a diet of only eating fruits and sometimes nuts (no animal products or grains). Fruitarianism is also the diet that the deceased Apple, Inc. founder Steve Jobs favored. Consequently, to prepare to play the lead role in the movie “Jobs,” actor Ashton Kutcher followed a fruitarian diet. The Guardian reports that following the diet landed Kutcher in the hospital with pancreatic problems. There are many critics that argue that it is virtually impossible to get all the nutrients needed to survive on a fruitarian diet.

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9. The pH Diet
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9 The pH Diet

“Spider-Man” actress Kirsten Dunst followed the pH Diet (also known as the Alkaline Diet), according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The philosophy behind the diet is that acid-forming foods like meat and dairy put too much stress on the body, promoting weight gain and inflammation. Followers are encouraged to eat nearly all green vegetables in an effort to “alkalise” their bodies.

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10. The 7-Day Color Diet
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10 The 7-Day Color Diet

According to Cosmopolitan, singer Christina Aguilera slimmed down with the help of the 7-Day Color Diet, which involves eating foods of just one color each day. The follower starts with white foods, followed by red, then green, orange, purple, yellow and then all of the colors on the final day of the plan. The 7-Day Color Diet is outlined in a book of the same name by author Mindy Weisel.

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11. The Smoothie Diet
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11 The Smoothie Diet

When Jessica Simpson wanted to shed weight after giving birth to her daughter Maxwell in 2012, she turned to Weight Watchers and a special smoothie diet that her personal chef concocted to fit in with the plan, according to website The Stir. The four-month plan includes a 15-day smoothie diet to get you started with five days of three smoothies along with two healthy snacks, then five days of two smoothies with two healthy snacks and one meal, followed by five days of one smoothie, two snacks and two meals.

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12. The Highly-Restricted Calorie Diet
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12 The Highly-Restricted Calorie Diet

For his movie role in “The Dallas Buyer’s Club,” where he plays an HIV-positive patient, Matthew McConaughey had to lose 30 pounds. When interviewed by CNN’s Larry King, McConaughey said ,“I’m playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier, but wasn’t.” How did he lose all the weight? According to the Daily Mail, McConaughey did cardio, drank tea and ate only five ounces of high-protein, low-carbohydrate foods each day.

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13. The Raw Food Diet
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13 The Raw Food Diet

The Raw Food Diet has attracted many celebrity followers, including actresses Amanda Seyfried and Uma Thurman, according to EatingWell magazine. The name of this diet says it all -- followers only eat raw food. Nothing can be cooked above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Proponents of the plan like it because they never have to count calories, fat grams or carb grams as long as they stick to the core rules of the Raw Food Diet. Sounds chilly.

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What Do YOU Think?
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What Do YOU Think?

Do these diets sound cuckoo to you? Have you ever tried any of them? Have you had an experience with any other unusual dieting techniques? Share it with us by leaving a comment below.

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